“…you shall do to him as it seems good to you.'” David chooses the high road. It’s not always easy but we learn that wickedness only begets more wickedness. How deeply we need you O Lord. How deeply we need your Word that it may take root in our lives and be nourished by the continual wisdom we gain when first we consider your sacrifice and love. You give us every opportunity to show growth even as temptation, frustration and pain freely abound. We stand firm in your calling and our desire to be called. How grateful we are that your Word is sown deeply within us, that we may always be fertile ground.
Saturday’s Meditation – Psalm 43:3-4
O send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding joy;
and I will praise you with the harp,
O God, my God.
He … called to him those whom he wanted… I was new at school and like so many other gym classes where the teacher decides who gets to be the captains to choose teams while the rest of us wait to be chosen, this wasn’t any different. Never mind the fact that I was actually pretty good at sports, nobody knew me and they weren’t willing to take the chance. So I sit and wait until close to the end. Apparently, I couldn’t be any worse than the few who were left and finally I am chosen for a team. Yet there were still others behind me waiting to be chosen and I never thought about how they must have felt. Of course on the other hand they may not have really cared. Either way, everyone would eventually be chosen. Sometimes in this life when we do care and when it really matters, it can feel like we are waiting forever to be chosen. We are blessed to serve a God that knows us and has already chosen us – one who waits for us to be ready, and choose to serve God with the gifts already given us.
The sabbath was made for humankind… What a privilege! What a gift! It’s one we don’t always take advantage of but more often than not – we take for granted. We tend to limit ourselves of its opportunities by thinking we have only one day. Yet if sabbath was made for humankind what’s most important is that we use this precious gift, that we take this time out for God, giving our heart, soul and mind to this opportunity to breathe in and listen for love to speak to our heart, then breathe out and guide us towards another day.
…he saw Levi…at the tax booth… Deep within us a distant star awaits to be discovered. In the meantime we do what is necessary to live without letting go of the opportunity to shine through the darkness that attempts to hinder the journey. Our faith and hope is the tunnel we pass through every day that we awake and greet each morning. Until such time when the brightest light aligns itself in our direction and that distant star rises and begins to reflect that light. Even as the darkness continues to exist it can not penetrate the brightest of lights because the tunnel that is faith and hope won’t allow it.
…they removed the roof and let down the mat… We often make plans as to our lives but when our own faith is paralyzed or imprisoned, it is often the faith of those around us that holds us up and helps to carry us through. This is God working on our own behalf. Precious Lord, thank you – for even when it seems our own faith is hindered, you send us the help we need and free us to continue the work you have called us to do and realize our dreams.
first called “Christians.” Although I was quite young, I remember the first call. It’s not so much like remembering yesterday, nor are all the particulars still in place in my head. What I do rememmber was how I felt – amazed. It seemed all too easy. Little did I know that my words of confession would impress upon me through a journey of high roads, low valleys, lapses and relapses. The journey may not have been easy, but the remembering of the first time I said yes to God certainly is. Immediately, (whether the best or worst times) like the child that I was, I become amazed all over again.
Saturday’s Meditation – Psalm 20:1-4,7-8
The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May he send you help from the sanctuary,
and give you support from Zion.
May he remember all your offerings,
and regard with favour your burnt sacrifices.
May he grant you your heart’s desire,
and fulfill all your plans.
Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,
but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.
They will collapse and fall,
but we shall rise and stand upright.
…and the angels waited… Two women recently acquainted have a conversation about accepting Christ. The first lamenting over not having done so until much later in life, after the many mistakes and bad decisions. She wondered if perhaps knowing Christ earlier in life would have saved her from those life issues. The other woman having accepting Christ at a very early age, speaking from experience responded “no”. Perhaps it would be nice if we could be saved from all those “mistakes” simply by knowing Christ. Regardless of when we come into our own awakening, in and out of the wilderness, we’re going to make mistakes. The good news is that the God who knows our hearts is willing to wait for us. Then, is God not well pleased to see two women – two paths meeting to share in the one glory?
…why do doubts arise…? It takes longer than anticipated or it doesn’t happen quite the way we expect. We fill our minds with all kinds of scenarios and our heart grows weary. In our weakest hours, Lord remind us of the sacrifices that were already made. Remind us of the fire of the Holy Spirit that was left with us that we may boldly find our courage as we walk humbly in your path. Let our confidence in your Word be our protection and our sword.